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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN NSW YOUTH PARLIAMENT 2024

The Y NSW 3 mins read
HAMANI TANGINOA - YOUNG LEADER & past Youth Parliament participant

There are just three weeks remaining for local young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 (or equivalent age) to apply for this year’s Youth Parliament run by the Y NSW.

The Y is seeking applicants who have a passion for creating change in their communities from all 93 NSW state electorates to express interest.

The Y (formerly YMCA) Youth Parliament provides a unique platform for individuals to actively participate in the democratic process and advocate for issues that they are passionate about. Participants will have the chance to draft, debate, and advocate for mock youth-focused legislation, gaining invaluable insights into the workings of government and policy development.

The Y is committed to making Youth Parliament accessible to all young people and welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and interests to apply, with eligible individuals able to apply under a scholarship.

“There is no specific experience required to be involved in Youth Parliament. We strive for diversity in the cohort and support individuals facing adversity, marginalisation or disadvantage where possible. This includes representation from rural and remote areas whose unique perspectives play a crucial role in shaping the discussions and policies at the Youth Parliament,” explained interim CEO of the Y NSW Prue Warrilow.

Hamani Tanginoa is a proud Wiradjuri, Dharug, Dunghutti, Gooreng Gooreng and Tongan man, and past Youth Parliament participant who is now part of the Youth Parliament team as Youth Voice Coordinator.

A passionate trailblazer, unafraid to stand up for the rights of marginalised young people, Hamani Tanginoa began his Y journey as a Youth Parliament representative in 2018 at just 16. As a Y NSW and Camden Council Young Leader Hamani made history as the first Aboriginal Youth Premier for NSW.

“I entered Youth Parliament six years ago with a burning desire to effect change. As a young, gay, Aboriginal man, I have endured discrimination. I wanted to support others with similar experiences by introducing legislation that would empower and educate,” said Hamani.

There are many benefits of being involved in Youth Parliament. Youth Parliament provides a unique platform for young people to actively learn about the democratic process and how to advocate for issues that they are passionate about.

 

Each committee is paired with an industry expert and mentored and supported by Y staff and the volunteer taskforce. Throughout the six-month program, participants develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, build leadership skills, gain confidence, form lifelong friendships and more.

"As an Aboriginal Youth Parliament participant, this program became the catalyst for my journey in leadership. Today, as a proud coordinator of the Youth Parliament program, I'm passionate about providing the same transformative experience for young minds. This program not only amplifies voices but also nurtures future leaders who will drive positive change in our communities," he added.

This year the Y NSW established a sponsorship component to Youth Parliament for youth experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage. The Y has secured funding from the Department of Regional NSW.. .. This will support 35 participants who may have otherwise been unable to partake in the program by covering or assisting with their  entry fees into the 2024 Youth Parliament.

The Minister for Youth Rose Jackson said it’s a great opportunity for young people to be involved in driving change within their communities.

“We know how important it is for young people to be the leading force behind the changes they want to see in their communities, but also know it can be difficult for some to access these opportunities. For that reason, we’re thrilled to be able to assist with the entry fees for 35 young people to take part in Y’s Youth Parliament.”

To apply to take part in the 2024 Youth Parliament, young people should visit ymcansw.org.au/community-services/youth/youth-parliament/ and submit their application before 9 February 2024. School teachers and Members of Parliament can also support a young person’s application by writing a letter of recommendation.

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Key Facts:

There are just three weeks remaining for local young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 (or equivalent age) to apply for this year’s Youth Parliament run by the Y NSW.

The Y is seeking applicants who have a passion for creating change in their communities from all 93 NSW state electorates to express interest.

To apply to take part in the 2024 Youth Parliament, young people should visit ymcansw.org.au/community-services/youth/youth-parliament/ and submit their application before 9 February 2024. School teachers and Members of Parliament can also support a young person’s application by writing a letter of recommendation.


About us:

About the Y NSW:

The Y NSW is a vibrant, for-purpose organisation delivering cause-driven programs and valuable community services that help strengthen young people’s lives, their families, and the communities in which they live. The Y is part of the largest youth organisations in the world, YMCA, which reaches across 120 countries. The Y NSW serves more than 80 locations in NSW and employs more than 1500 people. Each year, more than 1.5 million people visit our fitness and aquatic centres and more than 11,000 children attend our Outside School Hours Care services.   


Contact details:

Media Enquiries:

Katey White, Brilliant Logic | M 0422 639 093 | E kwhite@brilliantlogic.com.au

Trudy McEnearney, Y NSW | M 0410 346 164 | E trudymcenearney@ymcansw.org.au

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